Igniting America's Next Frontier

Reno, March 5-7, 2018


Featured Speakers


State of Nevada

Brian Sandoval

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Way to Wellville

Tim O'Reilly

Founder, Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

Founding Partner SoftBank Vision Fund

Michael Ronen

Kate Behncken

Microsoft TechSpark Initiative


Jesse Haines

Grow with Google


Vice President Tech Modernization


Chris Enslin

Jason Illian

Managing Director

Koch Disruptive Technologies

Ira Ehren­preis

Co-founder and Managing Partner

DBL Ventures

How tech companies can increase higher paying jobs across America and expand economic opportunity for all.  Why tech companies are capitalizing on HQ2 opportunities beyond the coasts, supporting growth, and spreading prosperity across America.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Day 3:

Tour of major tech expansion success stories in Reno, followed by BLUEPRINT kick-off event

Inspirational keynotes, success stories and panel discussions accompanied by several small-group working sessions with all participants

Bringing together all of Day 2’s work, announcements of critical new initiatives, and visionary keynote

2018 Speakers

and more...

Tim O'Reilly

Founder Chairman & CEO

O'Reilly Media

Ira Ehren­preis

Co-Founder & Managing Director 

DBL Partners

Kate Behncken

Associate General Counsel , Lead 

Microsoft TechSpark Initiative

Mike Kazmierski

President & CEO

Econ. Devo. Authority of Western Nevada

Kristy Campbell


Rev1 Ventures

Dino Vendetti

Managing Director

Seven Peaks Ventures

Tim Schigel

Founding Partner

Refinery Ventures

Nick Smoot


Innovation Collective

Peter Hirshberg

Principal &


Maker City Project

Will Price

Founder, General Partner
Next Frontier Capital

John Fillmore

Chief of Business Operations

Chegg Inc.

Tiffany Apczynski

VP of Public Policy & Social Impact


Matt Dunne

Founder &

Executive Director

Center on Rural Innovation

Mark Orttung



Patrick Mckenna


High Ridge Global

Chris Shipley

Author, Advisor

Work to Learn

Mark Muro

Senior Fellow,

Policy Director

Brookings Institution

Chris Marks


Managing Director

Blue Note Ventures

Rahim Fazal


SV Academy

Thomas Wadsworth

Director of Corporate Growth & Business Development

Governor's Office of Economic Development

David Walker

Executive Director

Nevada Museum of Art

Bill Pescatello


Lightbank Ventures

Eric Rea



Matt Marshall

Founder & CEO


Jakob Kistorp



Eric Daimler


Conversion Capital LLC

Patrick Poels

VP Engineering


Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence


Lorenzo Gomez III


80/20 Foundation

Jesse Haines

 Grow with Google


Missy Young



Craig Buerstatte

Acting Director, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

US Dept. of Commerce

Zachary Ellis

Director of New Ventures  

Ohio State University

Tech companies on the coasts are finding it more difficult to attract and retain talent due to rising costs and quality of life impacts.  Meanwhile, America's fly over states are seeing an incredible tech resurgence and could offer up a solution to traditional tech centers looking for an HQ2 expansion.  

Now is the time to create a BLUEPRINT, one that builds on existing success stories that have allowed high-growth tech companies to create jobs and expand the wealth beyond the coasts — and optimize profitability for coastal tech companies and other large employers by relocating some of their business activities to the heartland.


  • Regional cities showcase - and illuminate possibilities for your HQ2 
  • Tech Success stories in the Heartland: See Details
  • Accelerating and supporting heartland talent - workforce readiness: See Details


BLUEPRINT is one of VentureBeat’s intimate events (audience of 250), including:

  • Tech company executives exploring HQ2 and expansion opportunities outside of the coasts
  • All executives interested in impacting job prosperity across America
  • Investors looking to grow their investments beyond the traditional coastal hubs
  • Socially-minded entrepreneurs looking to help with positive-impact social engineering
  • National, state, and local government leaders looking to develop policies that will accelerate growth in the heartland
  • Economic development professionals looking to showcase their region to technology companies and investors and talent


Besides being tucked up against the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range, and an hour’s drive to gorgeous Lake Tahoe, Reno is one of the most inspiring economic growth success stories in the last decade.

In 2009, the city had an unemployment rate of 14% and one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. It was, you could say, left for dead. Yet, due to the vision of an intensely committed community, the city has seen a remarkable comeback and now boasts an unemployment rate of 4%, a vacancy rental vacancy rate of 2% and wage growth at 20-50%.


Driving this remarkable turn around was a community focus on economic development and importing jobs and opportunity from companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Tesla as well as 170 others that have relocated to Reno. And with this foundation, tech startups that have taken root in Reno as well. It’s a fitting setting for the inaugural Blueprint event to inspire regions across America.


Join us in Reno to get a first-hand look at how Reno has entirely reinvented itself and enjoy all its beautiful location has to offer. All main event activities will take place at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Reno, Nevada | Nevada Museum of Art

Located at 160 W Liberty St, Reno, NV 89501


Switch DataCenter

Local Tours

Take an exclusive tour of the Switch TAHOE RENO 1 data center. This is a rare opportunity to see inside Switch's Citadel Campus, which is designed to be the world's largest, highest-rated and most sustainable colocation data center campus in the world.

Tour schedule: Monday, March 5 (12 - 4 pm), Bus leaves from Nevada Museum of Art at 12:30

Tickets: $75/person (includes transportation and box lunch)

Reservations: Click here and enter code: Switchtour

About Switch tour: Click here to watch The Citadel C​ampus video

Local Tours in Downtown Reno are sponsored by our regional partner, EDAWN. All Tours take place at 2 pm on Monday, March 5 and run for 90 minutes. We have 3 tours available for our guests to experience the art and cultural side of Reno.

Arts and Culture Tour: Reno Tahoe is a culturally vibrant region and a true arts destination. Take a stroll through the downtown arts scene, featuring beautiful murals and unique Burning Man sculptures.

Reno Historic Riverfront Tour: Join award-winning historian and author Alicia Barber, co-founder of the Reno Historical app and website, for a low-mileage, high-energy 90-minute walking tour of the historic Reno riverfront, highlighting its history, architecture, and ongoing transformation.

Brewery Tour: From casual pubs to stylish alehouses, and everything in between, there is no better place to quench your thirst. Check out two local favorites, offering unique beer with interesting and high-quality ingredients you can taste in every sip.

Schedule: Monday, March 5 (2 pm - 3:30 pm) 

Location: Nevada Museum of Art for start

Reservations: Contact Pamela at pamela@venturebeat.com to sign-up for any of these free tours

Eric Brooks

Downtown Reno

Downtown Reno Tour Guides

Hotel Packages

Take advantage of special 2-night pricing we’ve secured at selected hotels that are bundled in with your event fee. Simply choose one of these packages when you reserve your ticket. 

Welcome to the Whitney Peak Hotel - a new, landmark property that caters to those looking for that "extra something" in their hospitality experience. Whitney Peak is Reno's first and only non-gaming, non-smoking, independent hotel. We are centrally located; just two blocks from the beautiful Truckee River Walk and adjacent to the historic Reno Arch.

Experience timeless luxury and friendly, personal service in the heart of Downtown Reno. Escape to the Eldorado Resort Casino, named "Best Rooms and Suites" by Casino Player Magazine, where every detail has been considered in order to provide you with the stay of a lifetime. Lose yourself in the nonstop excitement and elegance of our luxurious Reno resort casino.

Providing the best hotel service and amenities is an art that Peppermill Reno's hotel has perfected over 40 years. Peppermill's hotel holds the AAA Four Diamond rating for hospitality industry excellence, and is voted one of Reno's best resort hotels year after year by leading hospitality and gaming publications.

Located in the heart of the Biggest Little City in downtown Reno Nevada, Silver Legacy Resort Casino offers amenities and attractions for the perfect vacation getaway. Towering above downtown as the newest and tallest casino hotel, spacious guest rooms and suites offer grand views of the city skyline and mountains. 

Stay at the Reno hotel that is fun for the whole family - including the family dog! Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino is your destination for fun and entertainment at an affordable price. The hotel, located in the heart of Downtown Reno, is a short walk to the Reno Events Center and the ideal starting spot for those who want to experience the Biggest Little City.

Named the “Best Hotel” in Reno by Casino Player Magazine three years in a row, the Grand Sierra Resort offers luxurious hotel rooms and suites in Reno NV, with contemporary decor in the center of everything Reno, Nevada, has to offer.  At Grand Sierra Resort we cater to families too, with a host of activities to provide hours—if not days!—of family fun. 

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a AAA Four Diamond Reno hotel and casino thoughtfully designed for relaxation, celebration and rejuvenation. Recognized for luxurious accommodations, exciting casino action, fine dining and an award-winning spa, Atlantis offers everything you're looking for and more.


Grand Sierra Resort

Circus Circus

Silver Legacy



Whitney Peak

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